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We asked 3 CEOs what tech trends will boss post-COVID

In a globalized world, we’ve become acclimatized to doing business, buying products, and traveling across the globe at lightning speed. 

But the addition of social break measures this year aback placed major barriers on movement. This caused a rapid dispatch in the alteration to agenda and the acceptance of arising tech, as association bound acclimatized to this new reality.

Although more and more cities and businesses are aperture up again, this period of rapid transformation has left its mark. Now that anybody from family-owned businesses to advisers of major organizations has gotten a taste of what the digitized and optimized way of living and alive could bring, there’s no going back. 

Movement of people, data, and goods will be acclimatized in the post-COVID world by these new tech trends. But what does this absolutely mean?

Representing the best of the best in acquaintance Dutch tech, I spoke with three startup CEOs from’s Rise Program to find out. 

1. Moving goods

While social break chock-full us from physically going out to shop, it absolutely didn’t stop us from moving our arcade habits online. During the lockdown period, there was a major spike in ecommerce — COVID-19 absolutely accelerated ecommerce’s growth by four to six years — with people acclimation aggregate from board games to noise-canceling headphones to make apprehension life more bearable.

But one thing we often don’t think about is how our stuff absolutely gets from the assembly site to our front door. I spoke with Avishai Trabelsi, CEO of Quicargo, to get a better account of what the future of acumen could look like. 

Having started out as the CEO of his family-owned carriage aggregation in Israel, Trabelsi could see the acumen industry was acutely acceptable and, because of that, boilerplate near as able as it needed to be to meet growing global demand for products. 

As he explained, about 50% of bales trucks on the road are empty or partially empty. This is not only acutely inefficient, it’s also accidental to higher bottleneck and abuse rates. 

It was time for some much-needed tech disruption. 

In 2016 he founded Quicargo, a belvedere where companies attractive to ship their goods can be akin with carriage companies in the right geographic area and with the accommodation to make those deliveries. By introducing AI, automatic affiliation systems, activating pricing, and anticipation models, they’re able to fill unused space with cargo, speed up aircraft times, and set appraisement based on data points, all while abbreviation the amount of trucks on the road. 

This means that, instead of cat-and-mouse weeks for your new sourdough kit, ukulele, or other lockdown hobby to be delivered, it can hitch a ride on any truck on the belvedere branch appear your city — saving time, money, and air quality. 

While this may sound great for both companies and bales aircraft businesses, the latter tend to be more acceptable and slow to adopt new tech. However, during the lockdown period, aggregate changed.

“Certain industries had to absolutely shut down and the carriage companies that focused on those industries faced a huge problem. At the same time, we saw ecommerce companies acquaintance a boom as people began acclimation things like barbecues and appliance to advance their home,” Trabelsi explained.

Quicargo saw a lot of abate companies that started to bear for the first time annals on their platform. The great thing is, they were also able to match some of the carriage companies that were out of work with those businesses. This really helped family-owned carriage companies survive during this period.

“Companies are acumen now that they can’t just keep doing what they’ve always been doing. I think agenda solutions across industries are acceptable tech ambassadors. Because we’re data-driven and up to date on the latest technology, we have the albatross to lead this acclimation period and help abate and more acceptable companies innovate,” Trabelsi told TNW. 

2. Moving data

During the lockdown, the WHO teamed up with tech giants like Oracle, Microsoft, and IBM to create a blockchain-backed platform that will help detect COVID-19 carriers and abeyant hotspots. Why blockchain you may ask? 

While arrest the spread of the virus is capital for society, there’s been growing affair over the abeyant for new government-developed track and trace apps to aggregate and misuse claimed data. The great thing about blockchain is that data can be managed and stored, after anarchic on data privacy. 

In more news for the blockchain industry, NYC hospitals joined IBM’s COVID relief suppliers arrangement in order to ensure a steady flow of supplies. By using blockchain, they’re able to bound verify the angary of these lesser-known suppliers, after a diffuse vetting process, acceptation they can get the food they so badly need after having to wait.

But it isn’t just the healthcare industry that’s benefiting from blockchain. So many companies aback found they needed new ways to secure, verify, and barter business-critical advice in order to keep business going. 

“Instant access to reliable and absolute advice has been analytical during these times, which would explain why altered organizations have pushed the pedal on amalgam blockchain in their operations. Next to absolute advice supply, there has been decidedly less claimed acquaintance during the pandemic. For this reason, the role of the intermediary/middleman is being re-evaluated even more than before,” explained Rick Schmitz, CEO of hybrid blockchain aggregation LTO Network

Because of this, blockchain technology will likely become more widely used in order to safely share data in the post-lockdown, and later post-COVID, world. 

One of LTO Network’s clients, Firm24, the better online notary in the Netherlands, afresh started facilitating amends of shareholders at a ambit through their new mobile application. Every step of the action is safeguarded on the LTO Arrangement blockchain. 

Increasing acceptance could also abundantly advance the beginning abeyant of blockchain tech in the future.

“There have been so many abstruse archetype shifts over the last couple of months, that blockchain will absolutely evolve more rapidly due to the accepted state of affairs, abnormally around (international) business and healthcare.”

“COVID has approved the coercion of developing real-world use cases for the technology, like the need for decentralized acute healthcare systems in case of a (future) pandemic. How might we advantage the right aggregate of caregivers, resources, and time across the region for patients in order to have optimal accessibility of acute healthcare? These types of processes can only be added by blockchain, since they fully rely on able and arguable accord over existing, aforetime non-communicating legacy systems,” Schmitz said.

3. Moving ourselves

Last but absolutely not least, after months of lockdown, all most of us want to do is hit the road and go on a trip. After months of scrolling through travel photos on Instagram, people are accepting the itch to get out and move. But how will travel change in the post-COVID world?

Speaking with Koen Droste, CEO of travel-logging app Polarsteps, he shared that what people will need most is: inspiration, reliable information, and flexibility. 

“People have been absent about assuredly doing that once in a lifetime trip around the world. We expect to see a lot of these types of trips happen post-COVID.” 

To help fuel this artistic travel energy, Polarsteps afresh appear a new affection where users can plan their future trips and itineraries. “In the past six weeks we saw a sharp increase. People are already creating alarming future trips and arena with their itineraries so that they’re ready when it’s accessible to travel intercontinentally again,” Droste explained. 

At the same time, it isn’t all about dreaming. Travel afflatus is allowance users treat their biking with adventures closer to home. 

“In the last four to six weeks we’ve seen an access in the amount of people traveling. The cool thing to see is that, since we can’t travel across the world yet, people are afraid close to home and acceptable more artistic with their trips. The other day on Polarsteps we saw a user who was visiting all the places on the Dutch Monopoly board in order,” Droste told TNW. 

But, even the most ad-lib travelers will need to plan their trips a bit more than usual. Abnormally if you’ve been traveling in Europe recently, things have gotten more confusing. While commonly we’re used to open borders, now each country is introducing, dropping, and reintroducing new travel guidelines and restrictions at such a quick rate, we often don’t know what to expect when we reach the next location. And this ambiguity is likely to abide at least until 2021. 

This means travel plans will also need to be as adjustable as possible.

To help solve these problems for their users, Polarsteps wants to create an all-in-one travel belvedere where travelers can find reliable and high-quality travel information. This is done by a team of travel editors who are creating guides that are accumulation expert tips with real reviews.

As Droste explained, this is all about curation. If you arrive in Cali and need a place to stay, rather than having to sort through hundreds of options, what travelers really want are five recommendations so they can bound book and head out to hit their first salsa club.

Droste has absorbing predictions for the type of travel we’ll be doing in the future.

“One of the better challenges to travel before was over-tourism. I think that by 2030 the trend will be away from big cities and appear new destinations. Because of Corona, people are also acumen there are great places to visit near home. I would expect that, because so many people are advertent what local travel has to offer, that could also be here to stay.”

In fact, as a person who has explored the inlands of Mexico by Volkswagen Beetle and catholic Armenia by Lada, Droste shared that his next trip was planned for the exotic nature of nearby Friesland. That just goes to show, you’re never done exploring. 

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Published September 1, 2020 — 12:56 UTC

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